Exhibitions/ Art Object

Schist dish with Eros riding a lion-headed sea monster

Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium:
Schist
Dimensions:
Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.42
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
Images of Eros traveled to the East along the trade routes opened up by the conquests of Alexander the Great (r. 336–323 B.C.). The iconography of sleeping Eros was assimilated into Eastern cultures as far as the Gandharan region in Pakistan, where the motif has been found on jewelry of the Early Imperial period. This dish likely served as an offering bowl at a sanctuary or a household shrine.
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